National Congress

The people absent from their great hall

A few token athletes aside, party conference could pass for meeting of Fortune 500

Saturday, 20 October, 2007, 12:00am

Tighter security after pledge of openness

Police presence stepped up on Beijing streets

Beijing has stepped up security ahead of the Communist Party's 17th National Congress, which opens this morning at the Great Hall of the People, despite its pledges to make the five-yearly conclave more transparent.

15 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

800,000 residents enlisted for security

More than 800,000 Beijing residents have been recruited to join the already heavy security presence for next week's party congress.

The 17th National Congress will involve the highest number of security staff since the previous congress in 2002, with 824,000 signed up by Thursday, The Beijing News reported yesterday.

13 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Observers see little hope of political reform

Changes have been made to strengthen authoritarian rule, analysts believe

Few veteran overseas China-watchers hold out much hope for substantial reforms at the party's 17th National Congress next week, for all the talk of 'intra-party democracy'.

13 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Political reform remains core focus for party

Stronger 'intra-party democracy' will be high on next week's agenda

Jiang Tingbin made history in 2004 when he became the first elected township party secretary after winning 86 of the 104 votes in a competitive election held by the Teyong township party congress in Jiangsu province .

10 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Talent shows the latest victim in television 'purity' campaign

The broadcasting watchdog has dramatically tightened its grip on television programming, barring all talent shows from prime time and introducing extensive restrictions on popular American Idol-style contests.

22 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Party paper urges political reform

An influential Communist Party newspaper has urged greater political liberalisation to sustain the country's rapid economic growth, adding more suspense to the lead-up to next month's crucial party congress.

The Study Times, a weekly published by the Central Party School, suggested yesterday that political change and economic change should proceed hand in hand.

12 Sep 2007 - 12:00am